Are you interested in starting a healthy food business in 2022?
We put together 25 of the best healthy food business ideas you can start today.
For each healthy food business idea, we’ll show real-world examples of other businesses to help you see what it takes.
Here's the full list:
1. Start a healthy meal delivery service ($96K/month)
A meal prep delivery business offers nutritional and healthy meals to customers daily or on a weekly basis. These services offer either DIY meal kits or Ready-to-eat meals via e-commerce sites. All of them are meant to save time and eliminate food waste.
People who have busy work schedules find meal delivery services very beneficial. The trend is also noticed in Millenials who are health conscious and prefer nutritional food at the comfort of their home rather than visiting a restaurant.
The primary reason why consumers order food online is that it is time-saving and convenient and literally at their fingertips.
There are different types of meal services:
Online meal kits: These services may cost between $8.55 and $9.99 per serving where they will send everything you need to make amazing, restaurant-quality meals at home and save all your prep work time. Some of the popular services are Sun Basket, Blue Apron, HomeChef etc.
Fast food delivery services: This service connects you with a broad range of local restaurants and food so that you can order from the full menus of your local favorites from the comfort of your home. Some of the popular services are UberEats, Foodsby, DoorDash etc.
5 Benefits of Food Delivery Service
- Exposure to new customers
- Variety of options
- More business opportunities
- Cost-effective promotions
A Meal Prep Delivery Business can be very profitable when compared to restaurants. If you love to cook good nutritional food, you can also start a meal prep business from your home.
This can save cost on a storefront and you can promote the business by creating e-commerce websites. To make a good profit you should invest less in groceries and ensure that you have a good number of customers. One can make a comfortable living even with lower monthly sales by charging around $20 to $40 an hour.
When we first started, we sold around 200 bowls each week. We currently sell around 10,000 bowls each month. Most companies like this start the same way, cooking from their primary residence for family and friends. We were no exception. But as we continued to grow, we spent time and money to work out of rentable commercial kitchens until we were able to afford our own.
2. Start a healthy drink business ($150K/month)
With emerging trends around health in the last few years, there is a large demand for healthy beverages. Starting a healthy drink business involves sourcing quality and healthy ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, and others.
Consumers are hungry for good-tasting drinks that make them feel great without sacrificing taste. From smoothies to juices and kombucha beverages, there are many opportunities available in the market to easily create a profitable healthy drink business.
A chemical engineer by education who decided to make food without chemicals! Almost a decade at Unilever helped me discover my love for consumers and brands. But the pivotal moment was when I became a wellness enthusiast. This was after a backbone fracture in a soccer match that made me join Yoga. Since then, I have been passionate about marrying the logic of the west with the wisdom of the east.
We are already selling 150k bottles of Auric every month. The best thing is that customers have seen visible benefits of Auric and hence, have come back to become loyal customers.
3. Start a healthy snack food business ($132K/month)
Businesses with healthy snacks are becoming increasingly popular. This is because people are becoming more conscious of what they eat and the ingredients used in their food products.
Compared to a few decades ago, more and more people today value health over anything else. A tasty snack food business can be a great way to turn your passion for snacking into profit.
The global healthy snacks market is expected to reach $152B by 2030, and there's no sign of this slowing down. Healthy snacks can include anything from protein bars to gluten/dairy-free alternatives, to chips, cookies, crackers and more.
Hey there! My name is Ryan Chen and I am the co-founder of Neuro, a functional gum, and a mint company that delivers energy, clarity, and focus in a minty and refreshing way.
Back in October 2015, one of my best friends from college (Kent Yoshimura) and I began developing the idea for Neuro when we realized there was a lack of portable, healthy, or effective alternatives to energy drinks or supplements. Both Kent and I trained in athletics at a national level and to find products that would help us balance life and school was nearly impossible.
4. Start a healthy food processing business
With the growing preference for healthy and functional food, starting a healthy food processing plant can be rewarding.
The advancements in the food processing industry, innovation in processing technology, and continuous growth in demand for processed food are some excellent reasons to consider opening a healthy food processing business.
To start a healthy food processing plant, find out a market gap, and research the demand. Understand customers changing tastes and focus on offering the best throughout.
I’m an elite ultramarathon runner, the world’s best wolf-dog dad, and the founder of Bluebird Provisions Bone Broth, North America's fastest-growing bone broth brand.
Now we’re doing 49,000 per month and growing 50% year over year. Our customers are active individuals aged 30-60 who are looking for natural ways to get better skin, and gut health and improve joint pain. We’ve increased our customer base by 5000% since we started.
5. Start a vegan restaurant ($30K/month)
The global vegan and vegetarian market is worth more than $50 Billion and will grow by approximately 30% over the coming years. The reason behind the increased popularity of vegan food is increased awareness of the importance of healthy eating habits. In that regard, starting a vegan restaurant can be a rewarding business.
To start, research the current market to identify a potential niche and a profitable business model. You may deliver healthy cooked food to commercial centers or offices or focus purely on walk-in customers.
I am Wen, the founder, and president of House of Leaf & Bean, organic restaurant and cafe. I am passionate about Lifestyle Medicine due to my personal health journey. I believe that good lifestyle medicine is better than magic pills. "Let the medicine be the food; let the food be the medicine".
I’ve taken many leadership roles in organizations like Jacksonville Sister City Association, National Asian American PAC FL, Jacksonville Chinese Association, Jacksonville Mayor's Asian American Advisory Board, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Leadership Jacksonville, and more.
6. Start an organic food store
Organic food stores stock fresh or processed food produced through organic farming methods. Healthy food restaurants and health-conscious individuals are some target customers regarding healthy organic food.
If you plan to start an organic food store, focus on providing the customers freshest, organically grown produce.
Hi all! My name is Andrea and I’m the founder of Golden Root. I manufacture and sell a caffeine-free Turmeric Latte Mix in Denver, CO.
Currently, I sell Golden Root online from my e-commerce site and to over 50 coffee shops nationwide. After a very eventful and strong finish to 2018, Golden Root is making an average of $4k/mo.
7. Start a healthy bake shop
Pastries aren't known for being a healthy cooking choice. However, with various ingredients, you can start a healthy bake shop.
Baked goods businesses have been around for many years. However, over that period, people have realized that baking is not a heart-friendly cooking method.
Starting a healthy bake shop can be profitable and satisfying. To start, find a good location and market your business. In addition, you should ensure compliance with your state's health department.
Hi, I'm Ashley Drummonds, and I am the creator of the ABS Protein Pancakes High Protein-Low Carb meal replacement line! The ABS Protein Pancakes is an All Natural, High Protein, Low Carb Meal Replacement that allows people to enjoy pancakes and waffles every day while sticking to a healthy nutrition program.
We have three flavors of ABS Protein Pancakes: Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Cake Batter, and Cinnamon Roll. It's great for fitness enthusiasts, those who follow a low carb nutrition program, on a weight loss program, or anyone who just wants to enjoy a healthier option for pancakes and waffles. It's also great for individuals on a low sugar or gluten-free diet, or if you're just looking to get more protein on a daily basis!
8. Start a natural health product business ($268K/month)
A natural health products business covers many products, including foods, supplements, drinks, and weight management products. Typically, natural health products go into the production of drugs.
It is easy to imagine why you would want to start your own natural health products business. First, health and wellness are hot topics right now. Everyone wants to be happy and healthy regardless of background, culture, or economic status. Second, the natural health products industry will exhibit a CAGR of 5.3% and reach over 32 billion in the next few years.
Therefore, the natural health products business can be a profitable venture. To maximize profitability, focus on providing health products that solve the problems experienced by your target customers.
Hi, my name is Adam Wright and I am the founder of SuperGreen TONIK. We develop a greens powder that contains 38 superfood nutrients, adaptogenic herbs, vitamins, and minerals.
Our target is 7-figures for our 2nd year, which we believe is very achievable.
9. Become a nutritionist ($252K/month)
A nutritionist is a food and nutrition expert who guides you towards a healthy lifestyle by counseling on nutrition issues specifically to increase or decrease the body weight.
They are called food experts because they teach you about healthy food habits, how to plan your meal that includes all the nutrition, vitamins, and minerals that maintain good health and prevent diseases.
There are several courses available online to become a Nutritionist. You can also earn a bachelor's degree in food science, nutrition science, clinical nutrition or a related area.
The requirements to become a nutritionist vary from state to state, but some states require licensing by one or more of the following associations:
- The Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (CNCB)
- The Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists (BCNS)
- Commission on Dietetic Registration (RDN)
There are several career opportunities for a certified nutritionist ranging from healthcare, food science & technology to working with large-scale groups like corporates, schools, and sports authorities. Some of the roles are:
- Clinical nutritionist
- Public health nutritionist
- Management nutritionist
- Sports nutritionist
- Registered dietitian nutritionist
An average salary of a nutritionist in the United States is $64,000 per year. A nutritionist can also work privately with their clients and charge them on an hourly basis. The average hourly pay for a nutritionist job in the US is $28 an hour.
Starting a nutritionist business may feel overwhelming and confusing. Focus on knowing where to spend your time and energy, in order to secure consistent nutrition clients. Seek referrals from other practitioners such as personal trainers and doctors.
Hello! I am Haley Hughes a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and CrossFit coach! I’m from Anchorage Alaska but currently live in Greeley, Colorado where I completed my bachelor’s degree in dietetics.
After one year of business, I have been able to pay off my car, travel to Bora Bora and Europe and still invest in retirement. I am making $1800-$2100 per month through nutrition counseling while also working for 3 other organizations as an independent contractor where I still am able to my assigned work on my own time.
10. Start a food blog ($26K/month)
Do you love educating people on the importance of keeping healthy food? Starting a food blog can be rewarding and fun.
A healthy food blog can focus on educating website visitors the importance of keeping it healthy food. Besides, you can share recipes for healthy eating and budget-friendly options with the reader. To start, you may hire someone to configure your website and content creator to share insightful information with the audience.
To increase blog interactions, share informative insights with your readers.
My name is Mason Woodruff, and I run Kinda Healthy Recipes, a food blog with around half a million sessions per month. We create recipes, guides, and resources for food-loving fitness enthusiasts.
11. Start a meal planning business
Couples, individuals, and families often find themselves in the “what’s for dinner dilemma.” Thus, finding help on what to cook for dinner or what groceries to bring home for their next meal can be a relief.
If you are a meal planning specialist or a registered dietitian, starting an online meal planning portal can be helpful to thousands of people who find themselves struggling with what to cook. To start, learn the tips you need to expertly plan meals. Then, configure your online meal planning portal and focus on getting the audience to your website.
Drive traffic to the portal through a blog or guest posting about the portal on other platforms.
Hi - I’m Jeremy Hendon, one of the co-founders of Nourishing Brands (a direct-to-consumer media company that operates popular sites like KetoSummit.com). My wife and I started the company just over 5 years ago to help people make the transition to eating a healthy diet easier and way more delicious.
Today, our main products are cookbooks (both digital and physical) and challenges and courses centered around various diets. To provide a bit of context, we sold over 300,000 cookbooks in 2020 alone. But our first really successful product in late 2016 was the Keto Summit, a digital summit with over 30 Keto experts.
12. Start a nut butter business
According to experts, nut butter contains loads of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that help to increase HDL cholesterol while reducing LDL cholesterol.
To start a nut butter business, decide which area you want to focus on. You can be a nut butter manufacturer, distributor, or retailer. Whichever level, ensure you focus on delivering high-quality nut butter to the end user.
- Pip Murray is the Founder and CEO of Pip & Nut. The idea of this business came to her mind back in 2013 when she was whipping up peanut butter in her own kitchen for her own consumption.
- Later when she realized how much others were loving her nut butter she started selling it in a local market in London. She built her brand little by little and even organized a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to launch her products onto the shelves in 2015.
- Along with offering delicious flavored nut butter Pip & Nut is also dedicated to supporting local communities and reducing carbon print.
- Since its launch, Pip has worked hard to make it a well-liked brand and currently it has a team of 20+ passionate people. Pip & Nut is present in 6,000 stores throughout the UK and Europe and is known for its taste, variety, and quality.
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13. Start an oil production business
The oil manufacturing business is highly profitable small scale business and can be started with little money. Oil is used for various purposes like cooking, manufacturing soaps, cosmetics & hair products.
Oil can either be produced at home or in manufacturing units depending on the scale you want. The most important aspect is maintaining consistency in quality & hygiene standards. If that is maintained then you can easily create your own brand of oils & even start exporting.
Hello there! My name is Anusha Moodley, and I’m the founder of Thulisa Naturals. I started the company 5 years ago from my kitchen, using essential oils to make natural bath and body products that support one’s mental and physical well-being.
My business is self-funded, and I started it with a $5K budget. Since the business has grown, I currently make $29K in monthly revenue, with room to grow even more.
14. Start a fresh fish shop
According to the American Heart Association, eating fish twice a week is part of a healthy diet. Fish is rich in calcium, potassium, and magnesium, making it a nutritional meal supplement.
Therefore, with the increasingly health-conscious population, starting a fresh fish shop can be a rewarding business.
You need not be a fish farmer to be a successful fish monger. You can source fish from fish farmers across the country or the food hub and distribute it to your target customers.
15. Start a crayfish processing business
There are many opportunities in the fish and seafood farming industry, and crawfish processing is one of the profitable options.
Crayfish is a good weight loss aid as it contains low fats and lower traces of carbohydrates. Therefore, crayfish has become a popular food among the health-conscious population.
Starting a crayfish processing plant may sound overwhelming. To start, find a stable supply of crayfish and capital to put up the seafood processing plant. Study the market and determine where there is greater demand for crayfish and other processed seafood.
16. Start a food hub business
A food hub links health food farmers with wholesale or institutional buyers such as restaurants and hospitals.
With the increased demand for healthy food, starting a food hub that focuses on healthy farm products can be a fun and profitable business idea. To get started, create a website and invite healthy food producers to register.
Then, you can market the health food to institutional buyers and wholesalers at a profit.
17. Start a juice bar
The increasing popularity of healthy juices and the low start-up costs make starting a healthy juice shop an appealing business venture.
To start a healthy fresh juice business, prepare a business plan, create juice recipes and ensure you have the licenses and permits to sell fresh juice. Locate local producers and source fresh fruits for your business.
18. Start a salad bar business
There is nothing better than a delicious healthy salad served first. If you love trying different creative salads, starting your salad bar can be a significant business venture. According to statistics, healthy fast food is a booming industry. With more people choosing a healthy eating lifestyle, the demand for healthy salads has increased tremendously.
Therefore, you may want to start your salad bar focusing on the health-conscious population. To start, find a reliable supply of fresh salads and ensure a strategic location for your business. then, advertise your business widely so you can reach as many customers as possible.
19. Start a vegan ice cream
Vegan ice cream is made using plant-based products. Free of animal-based products, vegan ice cream is healthy food.
Experts expect the demand for vegan ice cream to grow across the globe. Thus, starting your vegan-ice cream business can be a profitable business venture.
To start a vegan ice cream business, access the demand for your product and write a business plan. Then, contact your state's health department for a food handling license and permits before starting any business operations.
20. Start a honey production business
Honey contains antioxidants that protect the body from inflammation.
Inflammation leads to various health issues, including heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune cancer. Given its health benefits, honey can be a significant health food sector to focus on, so long as you love beekeeping.
To start a honey production business, ensure you have relevant beekeeping knowledge and understand the regulations around beekeeping. Focus on selling your products to the local market and expand to other areas as the business grows,
21. Start a shrimp farming business
Shrimp farming is a pawn or prawn production business in the marine or freshwater environment.
To start shrimp farming, ensure you have quality freshwater ponds. According to experts, newly dug ponds yield poor results, and there is no algae buildup for the shrimp to feed on. Select the appropriate location so you raise your shrimp.
Purchase quality juvenile shrimp and ensure you feed the shrimp twice a day.
22. Start a corn kiosk
Corn kiosks are compact and convenient kiosks that feature a built-in cup holder for convenience. The corn kiosk operator makes sweet corn and sell’s it to local customers. Some corn kiosks have popcorn machines.
To start a corn kiosk, find a street or a mall with high traffic of people who will be your potential customers. Take note of any detail you may encounter while preparing your corn kiosk.
23. Start an abalone farming business
Abalone is a highly nutrient-rich and flavorful delicacy, classified among the most expensive seafood. Abalone has several health benefits, including being high in protein and a combination of essential vitamins and minerals.
Abalone is often sold live in a shell, frozen, or pan-fried and canned.
Overfishing and high demand for seafood are reasons abalone farming remains highly profitable. However, starting an abalone farm can be overwhelming. Abalone farms should measure various parameters at regular intervals, including nitrogen and sulfide levels.
24. Start a seafood grilling stand
Do you love seafood? Seafood outlets range from casual to affordable to upscale establishments that cater to the affluent consumer. Owning a seafood grilling restaurant or joint can be fun and a lucrative business opportunity. However, it also comes with challenges as you have to find quality seafood.
To start a seafood grilling joint, pick the type of seafood you want to start grilling. You can determine the best seafood for your business by researching what customers around you prefer most. Then, set up the seafood grilling restaurant within a high-traffic street, so you maximize customer reach.
25. Start a fish smoking business
As many people become more health-conscious, fish demand is rising. Thus, starting a smoked fish business can be profitable. For many fishermen and fish mongers, smoking fish is one of the most efficient ways of preserving fish. This is because smoking fish allows it to be edible for a more extended and enhances the flavor.
However, not everyone can smoke fish perfectly. If you have the skill and experience of smoking fish, consider starting your own smoked fish business. Find an area where fish is in high demand, and set up your fish smoking business.
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